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That Massachusetts Senate Election Was Bush’s Fault

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 23:36 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

People will blame Bush, right?

You can’t reason with a true believer. And President Barack Obama is, if nothing else, a true believer in his own hype and rhetoric. He truly believes he alone has the solutions to the country’s world’s problems, and if anyone appears to disagree, it must be because of stupidity, confusion, or George W. Bush. Or so he says to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Looking at that clock, one year ago, you were just about to take the Oath of Office.


STEPHANOPOULOS: And now you get this anniversary present from the voters in Massachusetts.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Robert Gibbs was saying that you were surprised and frustrated by the vote. Is that accurate?

OBAMA: Well, I think not last night, but certainly I think a lot of us were surprised about where this was going, about a week ago.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you saw it coming by then?

OBAMA: By that time, we did. And here’s my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country.

The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.

People are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.

So people are mad at the mess Bush caused, which Obama inherited and just can’t fix fast enough because these things take time, so they elected a Republican to the Senate in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican to the senate since 1972. Oooooo-kay.

My college and Facebook friend Gordon thinks that what Obama meant is that people “are fed up with the same-old, same-old crap games going on in government” (sorry, no link because the contents of my Facebook page are visible only to friends). But as I pointed out to Gordon, the same-old crap games have been going on in Washington for a lot longer than the last eight years. Today, Gabe chimed in with his interpretation that people are disgruntled with the economy since the 2001 recession and that’s what the “eight years” refers to. But they both ignore the fact that the economy improved quite a bit until the bank crisis later in the decade and the ill-conceived initial stimulus and TARP legislation of 2008, which Obama defends and wants more of. Maybe, if people didn’t think he was making matters worse, they would be less irate.

It’s time Mr. Obama stopped blaming his failures on his predecessor, what happened before, the phase of the moon, and whatever else he can latch onto. His first year has been a disaster, and unless he wakes up and changes course, it won’t get better.

NOTE: I’m using the “meaningless campaign rhetoric” tag because Obama still hasn’t stopped campaigning, 14 months after he was elected.

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